LOUISBURG - Susan Janet Winn died Saturday, May 3, 2008. Services will be conducted at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, May 17, at 11 a.m.
WARRENTON - Funeral services for Brinda “Brin” Lynch, 48, who died Wednesday, May 7, 2008, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, May 12, at Shiloh Baptist Church, with the Rev. Will C. Tabron officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON - A memorial service for Gertrude Elizabeth “Trudy” Holden, who died Wednesday, March 5, 2008, was conducted Thursday, May 8, in the Cutchins Funeral Home Chapel, with director Joseph B. Cutchins Jr. officiating.
ZEBULON - Sue Gainey Dean, 64, died Thursday, May 8, 2008. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, May 10) at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Raleigh. Burial will follow at Mt. Herman Christian Church cemetery, Garner.
FRANKLINTON - Donald B. Perry, 73, died Thursday, May 8, 2008. Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home, Wendell.
FRANKLINTON - Michael Jay Gourley, 47, died Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at Pitt Memorial Hospital.
How wonderful it is to share the natural qualities and abilities our Lord gives us.
Can you imagine what this world would be like if people did not share the unusual innate abilities they have in some field or activity?
Some people believe that they do not have any talents to share with society. This is absolutely not true. God created us with different abilities to do a variety of things; that is why he gave diversity to the human race. I believe He created us equal but diverse for a purpose. Diversity is a good thing, especially when we refer to talents.
FRANKLINTON -- Call it pride, competitiveness or bragging rights -- or all of the above -- but much more than just the No. 1 postseason seed out of the Northern Carolina Conference was at stake Tuesday when Bunn tangled with Southern Vance for the third time on the softball field this spring.
The clubs had split their two previous outings, and swept through the NCC otherwise. That meant a one-game showdown was necessary to determine the conference’s top seed for the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
FRANKLINTON - From Amanda Knapp’s scoring frenzy to an all-time best regular season record, it’s been a historic campaign for the Franklinton High School girls soccer squad.
But one first still needs to be secured -- a trip into the third round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs for the initial time in school history (boys or girls).
FRANKLINTON -- Just one run.
That’s all the Franklinton Lady Rams needed in the seventh inning Tuesday to potentially earn a spot in the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
But without their cleanup slugger Carly Lawrence, that would be easier said than done for the Lady Rams during a showdown against Granville Central at the Franklinton Recreation Park.
BUNN -- Joey Batkoski set the tone for Tuesday’s play-in baseball showdown by plastering a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first for the Bunn Wildcats.
Host Bunn, after a late rally from Franklinton, would end the contest with nine unanswered runs to defeat the Red Rams 17-8 in a game for the No. 2 spot from the Northern Carolina Conference in the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
BURLINGTON -- Once again, the league’s longest-standing rivals are both in position to claim supremacy at the annual Region X Baseball Tournament.
Louisburg College and Spartanburg Methodist College.
Together again. As usual.
LC and SMC -- and sometimes both -- always seem to be in contention for the league championship.
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -- Juan Gonzalez hit a pinch-hit grand slam in the fifth inning to spur the Jacksonville Suns past the Carolina Mudcats 9-7 at the Baseball Grounds on Thursday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball contest.
Trailing 5-3 entering the inning, the Suns (16-18) scored a run against Mudcats starter Brett Sinkbeil.
LOUISBURG -- Records can be deceiving when discussing the 2008 Louisburg High School girls soccer campaign.
Louisburg’s final mark of 4-13-2 certainly wasn’t impressive, but the Lady Warriors closed with a 3-3-1 spurt, including a key win over Gates County that clinched the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference championship.
Ella Swanson Wrenn was recently presented the 2008 Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Conference of Court Administrators.
The honor was announced during the annual Judicial Administration Award at its spring conference. The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of judicial administration in North Carolina and/or demonstrated leadership in the advancement of the ideals and principles of professional court management.
Franklin County Commissioner Robert Lee Swanson presents Emergency Communications Director Christy Shearin with an Employee of the Quarter certificate during the board’s April 21 meeting. Shearin oversees a department that has a call volume of at least five calls per hour and that number peaks to as many as 45 calls per hour. In 2007, the office recorded 57,083 emergency calls. Shearin said the work load continues to grow and the department will need more employees and more space in the future. Shearin has been employed with the county since June 1999.
Chances are if you’ve been to the front office at Franklinton High School in person or by telephone, you’ve spoken with school secretary and treasurer Christine Tharrington. On the other hand, if you’ve ever had a finance question regarding payroll in relation to the Franklin County School system, you may have spoken with Assistant Finance Officer Quinnley Hedgspeth. That given, you probably know how well each does her job — as does the Leadership Team of Franklin County Schools. As a result, both are the latest Employees of the Quarter. They were recognized April 28 at the Board of Education meeting at Louisburg High School. Tharrington, right, has worked at FHS for more than five years, while Hedgspeth is in her eighth year at FCS.
The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency has announced that Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Inc. is one of 20 North Carolina housing counseling organizations selected to receive foreclosure prevention support.
The Franklin County Regional Airport is hosting free airplane rides today, May 10.
The community event will feature free rides for children ages 7-17, static aircraft displays, classic cars and other events.
There will also be a raffle to win a free ride in an antique WWII open cockpit biplane.
HENDERSON - Gladys Wrenn Watkins, 94, died Saturday, May 3, 2008 at Senior Citizens Nursing Home. Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, May 6, at Elmwood Cemetery by the Rev. Tim Burgess.
Franklin County voters turned out in high but not record numbers on Tuesday, approving a $53-million school bond that will primarily pay for a new Franklinton High School.
And two commissioner candidates — Dr. Raymond Stone and Shane Mitchell — put themselves ahead of the pack in a race that could warrant a run-off election.
Franklin voters also cast their ballots in support of presidential candidate Barack Obama, with 5,735 votes to Hillary Clinton’s 5,055.
Voters approved the school bond with 8,301 votes to 4,546.
FIRST GENTLEMAN? President Bill Clinton visited Louisburg on Monday afternoon as he stumped for his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton battled it out with Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday for the Democratic nomination during the North Carolina Primary. During his stop on Monday, President Clinton greeted a crowd of hundreds from Dr. Phillip and Judy Stover’s front porch as he spoke of several reasons why voters should support his wife. Following the speech, he shook hands before making his next of nine tour stops of the day.
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners plan to meet with local hospital officials to figure out a solution to equal access to health care.
Last month, the state Division of Health Service Regulation’s Certificate of Need Section, a division within the state Department of Health and Human Services, denied Franklin Regional Medical Center’s petition to relocate because the new location would hinder access to health care.
The Board of Elections could have your number.
Actually, if a voter has been casting his choices since the late 1960s through absentee ballot in North Carolina, a number on his ballot has been written in or typed in and has corresponded with registration information.
Cancer survivors, from left to right, Conny Davis, Gay Thomas and Debbie Richardson carry the American Cancer Society Relay For Life banner around the Bunn High School track during the first lap of the Franklin County Relay For Life on Friday and Saturday. The event featured dozens of teams that walked around the track to earn money for cancer treatment.